If you’re a budding criminal, California is without a doubt the state in which you should consider committing crimes, as the punishments seem to be lessened by the day, thanks to the radical, progressive politicians and courts in The Golden State.
According to the Daily Wire, the California Supreme Court upheld a ruling which would give thousands of “nonviolent” sex offenders an early pass out of the prison system thanks to a ballot measure that was approved by voters in the state four years ago.
Former Governor Jerry Brown was responsible for writing the language of Proposition 57, which allows for those convicted of a “nonviolent felony offense” to become eligible for early parole. Though Brown claims the bill was never meant for sex offenders, those who fall into the “nonviolent” category are about to reap the rewards.
Though the proposition was challenged with regard to releasing sex offenders early, lower courts ruled that sex offenders who met certain criteria could not be excluded from the early parole programs. The California high court eventually stepped in and affirmed that ruling in a 7-0 ruling.
“The ballot measure allows officials to consider paroling inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes after they have served their basic sentence and before they have completed sometimes lengthy additional terms for enhancements for things like using a gun, having prior criminal convictions, or being involved in a street gang,” the Associated Press reported in a Los Angeles Times piece.
What classifies as a “nonviolent” sex offender crime? Obviously, crimes such as rape and sodomy are violent, but cases of “pimping, incest, indecent exposure and possessing child pornography” apparently make California sex offender convicts primed for early release.
The proposition was originally written to help reduce the state’s unbelievably high prison population. During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, early release programs have been further bolstered by the courts in order to stop the spread of the virus within the state’s prison systems.
Early on, a number of prosecutors slammed Proposition 57 given how it was drafted and warned that passing such a measure would “wreak havoc on public safety.”
It was also stressed that the recent ruling doesn’t automatically give nonviolent sex offenders a get-out-of-jail-free card, adding that each convict’s circumstances would be taken into account before letting them out of the clink early.
It’s insane, asinine policies like these that are at least partially responsible for so many decent people fleeing the once-amazing state as fast as they can pack their bags and I don’t blame them for a second.